Japan has been on the receiving end of the threats aired by North Korea and when a missile flew over the North-western Japanese suburb of Araya, Japan had to take a stance and hence has employed a U.S. anti-missile system.
Although this seems like a good defensive move, the decision and placement of the system near a residential area of Araya have since sparked opposition to this move with 60 percent of people of the neighbourhood opposing the move. The residents fear that the Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Aegis Ashore system might make their homes near rice fields and the sea a prime target for Pyongyang in any conflict. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe has been facing a tough choice to balance the county’s deep-seated pacifism with major backlashes from the opposition on the purchase of Defence systems an weapon from the United States. Japan is the largest foreign buyer of the plane considered the most expensive U.S. weapons system. Also, Japan’s alliance with States is getting in the way of a peace treaty as the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stated. He also said that he was willing to negotiate with Japan. A long-standing territorial issue over 4 Russian-controlled islands has prevented the two countries from concluding a peace deal since the end of World War Two. Abe called it a historic mission. Abe said, ”Let the two of us, Vladimir, join our forces to run, run and run until we reach our goal. Let us each fulfil our responsibility towards history.”
Putin has responded by quoting, “There are military, defence issues, security issues. We have to understand the position of third countries and Japan’s commitments to third countries including the United States. ‘The leaders did agree to push ahead with talks. They ordered their foreign ministers to try to find a resolution acceptable for both sides. So, it will be interesting to see how Japan figures out these security issues.